Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:42 African News, theafrican-Lead Story They say it failed to meet the litimus Govt rushed it to Bunge before discussion By Harrieth Mandari "This did not happen and led to several months of uncertainty in our (Tanzania and donors) relationship," he said. Clarke said they believed that the Government had learnt a lesson and will in the future, avoid such embarrassments. He apologetically said: "This is not a matter of, in some way interfering with national sovereignty issues, but simply assuring each other that agreed processes are on track." On Public Expenditure Reviews conservations, Clerk said more efforts should be done to ensure that there is efficient and permanent dialogue between technical groups from donors and the Government. He said good dialogue was an essential element for any partnership to work. "However, we need to be clear about this, even the best dialogue is only a means to an end, as what really matters at the end of the day are results and demonstrate that through providing aid and GBS in particular, we contribute to reducing poverty, promoting growth, improving social services and strengthening good governance in Tanzania," he added. On corruption issues, the partners said war against corruption had improved significantly, citing some commitments, like publications of the National Governance and Corruption Survey, as an example of improvement. However, he challenged the Government to maintain it and show clear evidence that the fight against corruption remains high on the Government's agenda and further specific progress is achieved. They recommended that there is need for the Government to not only encourage private investments, but also boost the creation and expansion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), saying they are key to job creation. Finance Minister Mkulo, who officiated the meeting did not respond to this stinging criticism, but requested the donors to continue using the GBS modality and increase the GBS share in their portfolio. He promised them that the funds received would be effectively allocated, managed and accounted for in support of the country's growth, development and poverty reduction efforts. "Over the past few years, Tanzanian GBS partners have not met the agreed commitments of frontloading 95 percent of the commitment in the first quarter, causing a big challenge as far as implementation of Government budget was concerned. "Currently, GBS disbursed for Financial Year 2011/12 is only seven per cent against the agreed target of 95 per cent," he said.